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Upgrading an Audio System with Loudspeakers

Calvary Baptist Church was founded in New York City in 1847 as an independent Baptist church and has been in its current location on Manhattan's West 57th Street since 1931. Over the years, the church has undergone a series of renovations, and it most recently completed a major upgrade to its audio system with the installation of HARMAN's JBL VRX Series Constant Curvature, AE Series Compact and CBT loudspeakers.

Professional audio/video services company Panavid, Inc. of Pompton Plains, New Jersey, was contracted to complete the rigging and speaker installation, led by Dennis Mitchell, client relations manager.

The Calvary Baptist Church system is based around left/right arrays of five JBL VRX932LAP powered loudspeakers per side, and two VRX918S 18-inch subwoofers per side. Complementing the two main arrays are two JBL AC28/95 compact loudspeakers for front fill and eight JBL AC15 ultra-compact loudspeakers placed under the balcony. There are also two JBL CBT 100LA column speakers in the choir area. Walter Loehr of Panavid did the system tuning and configuration.

"Calvary Baptist Church reached the point where they needed to have professional audio for their sermons and all their events, up to and including concerts," said Mitchell. "The church has an exceptional choir and music ministry, led by Colin Fowler, and music is an integral part of the services."

He noted, "The system was very much designed as a collaborative effort after numerous conversations with myself, Michael Toombs, and Miq Munoz of the Calvary Baptist Church, and Jim Peters of rep firm Sigmet Corporation. Panavid recommended using JBL VRX932LAP loudspeakers with matching VRX918S subwoofers because they are some of the best sounding speakers available. We've been amazed at their sound quality."

Miq Munoz, Calvary Baptist's audio engineer, said, "The new JBL system punches right through to the back of the room. I used to describe our sanctuary as muddy. Not anymore. And, low frequency support from the subwoofers is powerful and tight."

He continued, "We also needed speakers that were as unobtrusive as possible, while being able to deliver the large-scale sound quality we needed, and the form factors of the VRX932LAP and VRX918S allow us to do that. We used the AC28/95 and AC15 speakers where space considerations precluded the use of larger speakers. We also chose AKG HM1000 hanging microphones to mic the choir with exceptional results."

Mitchell concluded, "Before the system was even tweaked, we were excited about the quality of the sound the JBL's were providing to the listening space. After Walter Loehr used his software, mics and ears to fine-tune the system to the church sanctuary, the sound became even more outstanding. The church is very happy with their decision to install this system, and I am thrilled to see their excitement."

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